Why the Redwood Forest slideshow?

Judy had always loved trees, and in 2008 we spent some time among the California Redwoods. Some of the ingredients in Judy's chemo cocktail were derived from trees (not Redwoods but Yews). We always knew that Judy loved the trees, and the trees got their chance to repay her affection.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Another "up" day

Saturday night in Bryan/College Station, and I just got off the phone with Judy--hey, you can reach her at this number directly, no hospital operators needed: 806-725-7527.

She appears to have had a very good day. The infection has been traced to the central line that was removed yesterday--that was the "implanted" port in her chest area, not the NG tube (which was also removed). She's still running cyclical fevers (I tell her it's malaria, but she won't have any of it), but Tylenol has been helping to manage it.

She was so proud that she drank an entire glass of apple juice and even managed to eat half a bowl of vegetable soup (sans the legumes). She has also restarted her walking excursions on the station floor. So, we took a few steps back last week but she seems to have overcome the adversity and is picking things up. As Scott said in his comment to the last post: Let's keep our fingers crossed that some of next week's posts will originate from our residence.

I am staying with Michelle B. and her family in College Station tonight and will keep this update short. I am sure that I will see some of you tomorrow at the BTU mountain bike race.

And as I said, feel free to give Judy a ring--if nobody picks up, she and Lorane are probably walking. Please try back later.



Cindy Weisinger said...

Woo-hoo! This is all great news. You are so fortunate to have such expert health care professionals working with you. It seems like they are quickly (though it may not feel that way to you!) identifying the things that have caused problems. It seems now that you'll be back in your own bed (and your own pajamas!) in no time! You go girl! Cindy

Cindi said...

Awesome news Judy!! I hope you have another great day today!
Hugs from Vermont!

Anonymous said...

Cancer gives one such a new perspecive on life. you really learn what really matters in the world - like your relationships with others - and what doesn't matter. You don't sweat the small stuff, as they say. and you also truly appreciate and feel blessed with each good day. And when you are not having a good day, you muddle through it and say, its over with, and I never have to repeat this yucky day again. Tomorrow is a new day; another opportunity for a good day!

Take care.

Cindy L.

Paddy said...

Hi you two,

great to hear that things seem to progress. We are much hoping for you that you will be able to leave the hospital soon and get back home.

Lots of hugs from Cologne
Paddy, Clio and Maurício

Anonymous said...

As we read through the updated list of events, we realize it is ultimately all good news. Your struggle is paying off. Strength for today and bright hope for manna. We continue to lift you and Jurgen up in prayer. Thank you for fighting so hard. We love you!
Priscilla, Daivd, & Elizabeth

Cynthia said...

I'm so glad that things are progressing in a positive way again. Keep up the good work. We really do miss you at the races, nobody can keep Jurgen in line like you do!
We're still hoping to see you at Ruston!
take care!
Cynthia Stewart

Anonymous said...

I am truely greatful for the support and dedication you have given my Aunt over the past two weeks, she needed you more than you'll ever know and it truely shows your vibrant colors and amazing character.

These difficult times will prove to have an amazing impact on how both of you live rest of your life and I'm excited share it with you! It upsets me that takes something like this as humans to realize how beautiful every breath or bike ride we take is, just know that difficult times are sometimes neccessary.

If you can find the good out of all of the bad then these last couple weeks were neccesary and part of a plan much larger than anyone of us! I can't wait till your out of the ward and back on your bike again.

God Bless both of you,

P.S. Please give Juju a big kiss for me.

Anonymous said...

I am so proud that you are home...there is nothing better in the world. It is a chance to enjoy being surround all the things you've brought together in your life. I am so very happy for you. Keep Plugging! Cathy Pope